In 2013, the World Drug Report was released with a list of Cannabis Use By Country. The most surprising statist from the report (aside from who came out on top) was global average usage is only 5.8%. One look at this list might change your summer travel plans.
#22 Isle of Man
The Isle of Man, also known simply as Mann, is a self-governing British Crown dependency located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east and is home to Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.
Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in vibrant Montego Bay, with its British colonial architecture, and Negril, renowned for diving and snorkelling. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the city's most famous son.
According to huffingtonpost.com, "marijuana has been pervasive but illegal in Jamaica for decades, consumed as a medicinal herb, puffed as a sacrament by Rastafarians and sung about in the island's famed reggae music.
After many years of dialogue about the culturally entrenched drug, and emboldened by changes to drug laws in U.S. states, Jamaica's Parliament on Tuesday night gave final approval to an act decriminalizing small amounts of pot and establishing a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry.
The historic amendments pave the way for a 'cannabis licensing authority' to be established to deal with regulating the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes. Both houses of Jamaica's legislature have approved the legislation."
Spain, on Europe's Iberian Peninsula, is really 17 autonomous regions, each with its own geography and culture. The capital, Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and singular Prado museum, housing works by European masters, and Segovia to the north has a fairy-tale medieval castle and Roman aqueduct. Catalonia's capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí's quirky modernist architecture, including the Sagrada Família basilica.
Catalonia's public health agency has proposed strict new measures to regulate cannabis clubs in the region, amid claims that Barcelona is on its way to rivalling Amsterdam as a smoker's haven.
Amsterdam has tightened restrictions on cannabis sales just as the number of clubs in Spain has proliferated from some 40 in 2010 to more than 700 today, say smokers' groups. The Catalan capital is home to more than half of these clubs.
From swanky clubs that span three floors to others with a small room and a few plastic chairs, the clubs take advantage of a provision in Spain's drug laws that allow marijuana to be grown and consumed for private use.
The clause has turned Spain – and especially Barcelona – into what Spanish media call the "Holland of the South". But unlike Amsterdam's coffee shops, which are open to the public, Spain's clubs are for members only.
Australia is a country, and continent, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal, but its capital, Canberra, is inland and nicknamed the "Bush Capital." The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast Outback (interior desert wilderness) and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.
According to wikipedia, Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, with a reported one-third of all Australians aged 22 or older (33.5%, about 5.8 million) having tried cannabis and 1 million using it in the past year. It is estimated that 750,000 Australians use cannabis every week, and approximately 300,000 smoke it on a daily basis.
Australia has one of the highest cannabis prevalence rates in the world, and Australia's indigenous population has higher levels of cannabis use. Although cannabis is illegal in Australia, the country has largely avoided a punitive drug policy focusing on harm-minimisationstrategies and a treatment framework embedded in a law-enforcement regime.
#17 Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island country lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands.
Grenada is an island country consisting of Grenada itself and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea.
Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Despite calls by some circles to legalize marijuana in Dominica, Attorney General Levi Peter has made it clear that this will not be done anytime soon. Marijuana has been classified as a Class B drug in Dominica meaning that it's illegal to possess, cultivate, or sell the substance.
#14 Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, located in the Leeward Islands, is a federal two-island country in the West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. You won't see many police, the whole place is extremely laid-back. Everything from room service to the airport is so lax that every little thing takes a long time even in the most professional of situations, so I would assume the local law enforcement is the same. Marijuana is
Police and prosecution services in all Canadian jurisdictions are capable of pursuing criminal charges for cannabis possession. Despite this, there is a lack of consensus on the legal status of cannabis in Canada. Superior and appellate courts in Ontario have repeatedly declared Canada's cannabis laws to be of no force and/or effect if a prescription is obtained. However, challenges to cannabis laws at the federal level have not resulted in the deletion of the appropriate articles from the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The cultivation of the hemp plant of the genus Cannabis (family Cannabaceae) is currently legal in Canada for seed, grain and fibre production only under licenses issued by Health Canada.
Several polls since 2003 have found the majority of Canadians agree with the statement, "The use of marijuana should be decriminalized".
- source: wikipedia
#12 United States
According to the Marijuana Policy Project, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have enacted effective medical marijuana laws. These laws are working well and protecting patients.
A clear majority of the public and many prominent religious and medical organizations support seriously ill patients' right to use medical marijuana without risking arrest and imprisonment.
Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Our latest info says go to the beaches. Koramo beach is our little Amsterdam. Nigerians love to get high in front of the ocean and enjoy the view for hours.
#10 New Zealand
New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. On the North Island, capital Wellington's dramatic setting, including Mt. Victoria, the Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The expansive national museum, Te Papa, is dedicated to all things New Zealand.
The New Zealand Herald reports, "New Zealanders are among the highest users of illegal drugs in the world, and top the list for cannabis use, according to the United Nations 2012 Drug Report.
Statistics for Oceania - mainly made up of numbers from Australia and New Zealand - showed a far higher prevalence of all drug use, other than heroin, than the rest of the world."
marijuanatravels.com, in some cities of Italy, smoking a joint and possession of weed for personal consumption are tolerated by the police. Although the self-consumption of marijuana is acceptable in some parts of the country, it is still illegal under the Italian law. Cultivation, selling, receiving and buying are illegal and are punishable under the law.
Smoking hashish or weed in places like Bologna, Firenze, Messina and Milan in Italy is quite tolerated and most cops wouldn't mind seeing you toking pot. They will not bother as long as you are not causing any trouble and the amount in your possession is not for commercial intent.
Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra, is a sovereign landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. The annual Prevalence percentage of use hovers around 14.6%.
#7 Czech Republic
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The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history – from the Celtic and Germanic tribes of its founding to the Protestant Reformation and Communism. Prague, the capital, is home to a 9th-century castle, preserved medieval Old Town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. Český Krumlov is a living gallery of Renaissance-era buildings housing restaurants and shops.
The Czech Republic, located in central Europe, is still getting a grasp on its newly minted medical marijuana law, which was passed in early 2013. Many people are still having a hard time actually finding medicine to help cope with their medical needs, but it seems that the situation is improving. There is also widespread decriminalization, in which Czech citizens are allowed to grow up to five plants, or be in possession of certain amounts of cannabis without fear of being criminally prosecuted. Czech drug policy has been undergoing rapid change over the past few years, and it shouldn't be a surprise if full legalization is pushed through, or at least considered, in the near future.
After all, Prague isn't earning the title of 'New Amsterdam' for nothing.
#6 Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea in the north-east, Liberia in the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean in the south-west.
Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific. It's distinguished by its tropical beaches, Chamorro villages and ancient latte stones (stone pillars). Tumon Bay is a hub with bars, shops and an aquarium. Beaches include Ritidian Point, part of a wildlife refuge, and storied Two Lovers Point. Offshore are dive sites such as Apra Harbor's sunken warships
In Guam, marijuana is not tolerated and it is very illegal. Any action related to it such as possession even if you are not aware of it, will not use it or will not sell it, production or cultivating and growing, trafficking or selling and using have severe punishments. Though tourists are not generally bothered here, it is better to be very discreet in case you have marijuana.
The police here are said to be very thorough. In case you are caught with marijuana and are detained or imprisoned, make sure to contact your embassy as soon as possible so that they can help you in the best possible way.
Ghana, a nation on West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, is known for diverse wildlife, old forts and secluded beaches, such as at Busua. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain posubans (native shrines), colonial buildings and castles-turned-museums that serve as testimonials to the slave trade. North of Cape Coast, vast Kakum National Park has a treetop-canopy walkway over the rainforest.
Over 11% of Ghana's population smokes weed, and the number is growing rapidly due to accessibility and "cheap" prices for an ounce of marijuana. Similar to most African countries, marijuana is actually illegal in Ghana, but seems to be openly acceptable by the new generation. Smoking weed in high schools and the university is considered 'cool'. The area boys who are known to smoke ganja are typically regarded as the 'cool kids on the block', and are generally respected by the community they reside.
Ghana is on track to land at #1 on this list next year.
#3 Northern Mariana Islands
The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, is one of five inhabited American insular areas. It is one of two territories with "Commonwealth" status; the other is Puerto Rico, where marijuana just became legal.
Marijuanatravels.com reports, "Research shows that the senate of the Northern Marianas Islands rejected the bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes or for purely recreational use only. If this was passed, people aged 21 and above can possess, grow and even transport marijuana for personal use. The bill is supposed to help people stop from using hard narcotics and use soft drugs instead.
The police in the Northern Marianas Islands will not bother tourists unless there are reports about them doing any criminal activity. You have to be careful who you smoke with because it is very likely that you will be fined or imprisoned."
Palau is an archipelago of more than 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean, well known for its scuba-diving and snorkeling sites. Northerly island Koror is home to the former capital, the majority of the population and the islands' main commercial center. Neighboring Babeldaob has the modern capital, Ngerulmud, mountains and sandy beaches on its east coast.
Palau is known as one of the marijuana capitals in the world. Even though marijuana is not legal in this country, its temperate climate and rich soil makes it as one of the most productive cannabis locales across many countries in the world. Penalties for drug offenders are strict. Anyone caught may be imprisoned and/or fined. Stay out of the cop's eyes and you'll be out of trouble.
It is one of the countries with the highest level of marijuana use among adults. The local islanders are smoking weed freely as if they are just smoking cigarettes. However, smoking and doing any marijuana-related activities should stay as discreet as possible to avoid getting caught by the police.
#1 Papua New Guinea
webehigh.org reports, "The laws are strictly enforced by courts. Sentences for possession of ANY quantity of cannabis tend to start at 3 years for 1-28 grams, and are as high as 10 years for dealing quantities. That said, police are amongst the world's most corrupt, so if you are caught in possession, you should immediately ask for a "ticket" and "fine" for this offence. K20-K50 (USD 5-12) is an appropriate amount.
Most of the people who get caught are poor, and do not have the resources to bribe or defend themselves (police always cut corners with prosecutions so a decent lawyer will be able to get anyone off). General society tends to view marijuana use with the same seriousness that heroin or cocaine are seen in most developed countries."
Papua New Guinea's marijuana trade is a problem downplayed for many years by successive governments. Responses from law enforcement agencies have been largel...